'Retired' band, Phish, held a party last night at BB King's in Times Square. No, not to announce their reunion (which will happen in 2006) but to celebrate the release of a brand new box set.
Considered one of the best shows of the nineties (as voted by Rolling Stone), the phamous 12.31.1995 Madison Square Garden show is legendary amongst Phans (my choice). This was evident as soon as I entered the downstairs lounge. The house was packed, the music was loud ('Sand' from Big Cypress), and it kinda felt like the boys may actually walk out and play a song or two - there was so much excitement and anticipation.
Kevin Shapio, Phish's archivest and emcee for the night, introduced the the show shortly after 9pm. The 'show' was actually 3 large screens with the band's show footage sync'd to the music.
Highlight: Exchanging pleasantries with Mike 'Cactus' Gordon, the bassist.
*sigh* I'll save my explanation of why Phish breaking up was the best thing for me (which it was) for another post....but I do miss gearing up for and attending a run of shows. I hope Ernesto gets his shit straight.
until then: Some Trey > No Trey